WALNUT, Calif. – North Dakota State junior Erin Teschuk shows no signs of slowing down.
On Friday evening in southern California, Teschuk claimed a Mt. SAC Relays championship and posted an NCAA-leading performance, running 9:43.83 in the 3000m steeplechase. Her time ranks her sixth in the world this year.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native sliced nearly 36 seconds off the previous NDSU school record in the event, teammate Maddie Van Beek's time of 10:19.39 three seasons ago.
Perhaps most significantly, Teschuk put herself in position to earn a bid to the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, in August. With the world qualifying standard set at 9:44.00, Teschuk has now achieved the required time. All that's left is to finish among the top three Canadians in the event this year, and only one Canadian woman has run faster over the last three years.
Teschuk cut 40 seconds off her previous personal-best time in the steeplechase.
Marie Bernard of UBC won her section of the 3000m steeplechase in 9:53.71, a huge personal best. This Calgarian's time is currently 10th best in the 2015 world list and top time in the NAIA conference. She was second in the competition behind fellow Canadian, Erin Teschuk.